Ofsted chief quits following ‘ghetto’ scandal

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THE CHAIRMAN of Ofsted who called the Isle of Wight a ‘ghetto’ where there was ‘inbreeding’, has quit.

David Hoare told the Education Secretary Justine Greening yesterday that he was resigning with immediate effect.

He said: ‘It has been a great privilege to chair the Ofsted board for the past two years.’

His resignation comes just weeks after he was forced to apologise for his comments about the Isle of Wight which he made during a teaching conference.

Mr Hoare was caught by a recording that heard him saying: ‘There are people who live in a ghetto...they think of it as holiday land. But it is shocking.

‘It’s a ghetto, there has been inbreeding.’

He later issued an apology but calls were made for his resignation.

His apology was also followed by a call to Councillor Jonathan Bacon, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, in which he offered to visit the island.

In a statement, Mr Hoare said: ‘I am pleased that the organisation now has an excellent board in place with expertise across all our remit areas, including early years and further education.

‘I will miss working with an excellent team.’